Dr. Dog :: Webster Hall, New York City, 12.2

To say that, when playing live, Dr. Dog stays true to the most important elements of their recorded works is an understatement. But those elements (energy, musicianship, harmony) are certainly not a bad thing. Tuesday night at Webster Hall, in New York City, with a stage decorated with palm-flora in stark contrast to the chilly December air, Dr. Dog blazed through nearly two hours of material -- across their entire catalog and back.

For the uninitiated, the band plays a loud, ferociously paced set that in many ways replicates the sound of their records. It's not spot on - it's not boring - it sheds a new light on just how good these five men are at playing their instruments and singing, more often than not, together.

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